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Bethlehem, Pa., January 5, 2011 -- The Frank E. and Seba B. Payne Gallery of Moravian College recently announced its schedule of exhibits for the spring 2011 semester. After being closed for renovations during the fall, Payne Gallery will reopen with an exhibit that introduces a highly talented artist who is a well-known physician in the Lehigh Valley, Emilio DiIorio. Lesser known for the important role that art-making has in his life, Dilorio will reveal in forty works on paper and in three-dimensions, an artist's mastery of form and technique in the exhibit "Emilio DiIorio: The Figure -- Drawings, Paintings, and Sculpture" which will run from January 27 to March 6. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, January 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.
"The rich intersection of art and life, which is the heart of this exhibition, is at one with the mission of Payne Gallery," said Diane Radycki, director of Payne Gallery at Moravian College. "The gallery is an integral part of the college, and it reflects the abiding interest of Mrs. Priscilla Payne Hurd in our students. At its core, the exhibition program supports the offerings of the art department as it also reaches out to audiences in the broader community. Thus, when Moravian's master craftsman in Ceramics, the celebrated Renzo Faggioli, suggested a visit to the studio of a gifted countryman, I was excited by the possibilities for the gallery, the college, and the community."
Diane Radycki was impressed by the pure aesthetic pleasure afforded by Dilorio's artwork. "We went in the evening, and entered out of the gathering darkness into a bright world of art," she explained. "Astonishing drawings, paintings, and sculptures were everywhere. Their sheer number amazed and betrayed the good doctor as a committed artist; the concentration, in every medium, on the Figure -- the hallowed subject in art -- announced his focused talent; and the reproductions of the Italian Masters of the Renaissance that were everywhere around spoke a serious ambition. The work was so beautiful and of such high quality that an exhibition was immediately planned."
Beyond this exciting exhibition and catalogue are the work of the curator, Amanda Boyce, and the special talents of Dave Leidich, assistant director, Payne Gallery, Genevieve LaVo Cosdon '01, and a crew of enthusiastic students.
Payne Gallery will host two exhibitions running concurrently March 17-April 17. "From the Page's Edge: Water in Literature and Art" will be exhibited in the Main Gallery which explores thinking about literature in visual terms, with eighteen contemporary artists who respond to literature on the theme of water. The artworks are diverse in style (representational or abstract), as well as in media (oil, liquitex, water-color, mixed media, or dyes, on paper, canvas, panel, or terra cotta). The literature is as well-known as an essay by Thoreau and as private as personal poetry.
In the Upper Gallery "Treasures from Home: Works from the Collections of the Moravian College Staff" will be on display. "Many colleges have their own art collections for the public to enjoy," Leidich explained. "Privately, many of our administrative and support staff enjoy their own small collections of fine art obtained from unlikely and inexpensive sources, such as yard sales, flea markets, and inheritances. The exhibit will include interesting and fine examples of art which are found in the homes of Moravian College's employees." This exhibition is organized for Payne Gallery by long-time Moravian employee Jane Schaffer, on the occasion of her retirement.
The season concludes with the Moravian College Senior Show from May 1 to May 15, the special event of the annual exhibition program. The show represents four years of hard work by the students from the Class of 2011, and incorporates in the exhibit the varied disciplines taught in the Art Department at the College.
Fashioned out of what had originally been a small gymnasium, the building housing Payne Gallery had been constructed in 1911 to allow post-Victorian young ladies of the distinguished Moravian Seminary to perform their "physical culture" exercises. Over time, the gymnasium fell into disuse. In 1963, the Art Department seized the opportunity presented by an idle space and set-up studio classes in the space. In 1982, the former gymnasium was converted into the Frank E. and Seba B. Payne Gallery. The gallery, named in honor of her parents, was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of Priscilla Payne Hurd. In 2001, the interior of the gallery was renovated to Smithsonian exhibition standards.
Payne Gallery is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian College, in historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Gallery is open 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The gallery is closed Mondays, major holidays and during school breaks. Admission and parking are free, and the Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the event sponsor, David Leidich, 610-653-5555. For information, call 619-861-1491. For more information, contact David Leidich, assistant director of Payne Gallery at 610-653-5555 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at: http://home.moravian.edu/public/art/gallery.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.